Director: Alex Petrovitch
Running Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
A series of short sketches about bad people doing bad things.
"Bad People" is a series of darkly comedic shorts written and directed by Alex Petrovitch. These shorts include subjects such as a pair of hit-men arguing over the politically correct way to address their intended murder victim, a couple so desperate to adopt a child they will go to any lengths to do so, a relationship between an anal retentive conservative and a sloppy surfer he met online, a long-time aspiring actress who gets a new roommate fresh from Mississippi also looking to act, and a pair of women who take revenge on the philandering guy they have both unknowingly been seeing. There is also an ongoing news segment running in between each short covering a mayor's encounter with a prostitute.
"Bad People" has a twisted sense of humor, one we personally really like. It often satirically scoffs in the face of political correctness, especially during the opening segment. The ironic nature of hit-men worrying if they are going to offend the guy they are about to murder by using the wrong terminology? Genius. The dialogue throughout that portion is simply hilarious and so appropriate for our culture today. Petrovich sets the stage early on and takes a chance that the audience will be okay with this sort of humor, and luckily, we are, though not everyone might be.
Usually with anthology style films made up of several different shorts, there are some portions that are hit or miss, and though some portions in "Bad People" are much funnier than others, there was all of the shorts are at least moderately amusing. We were never bored during any of them, and the film almost always kept a pretty steady stream of laughs coming throughout its duration. Sometimes it ventures into over-the-top silliness and covers subjects we know we shouldn't be laughing at as two individuals who consider themselves decent people, but maybe were not so decent after all because we just couldn't help ourselves. The humor always feels witty and never forced, which is hard for even big blockbuster comedies to accomplish these days.
We had a lot of fun watching this movie. "Bad People" may be a low budget indie comedy, but it achieves what it sets out to do and that's to make the audience laugh at the terrible yet hilarious happenings going on on screen. Don't we all wish we could do one or more of the things mentioned in this film?
My Rating: 7.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 7.5/10
IMDB's Rating: ---/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: ---%
Do we recommend this movie: Yes!